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Waves is a calming, automatic, and soothing artistic gadget for your home, office, and gift giving. A modern take on the Lava Lamp.

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An Update: The Waves Online Community

Waves is a social device. Yes, you can sit there and watch it, and it will make you happy. But you can control the experience as a user or contributor.

This is a new category in social networking. We call it social crafting. Waves enables this. People participate, they mix the designs and creativity together. Waves is a connected physical box that sits on someone’s desktop or wall or wherever. The work people do in craft is part of the social sharing they do everyday. Craft becomes an extension of their social media and networking.

Waves, What Are They?

Waves is a Bluetooth speaker inside a chic box that sits nicely on your desk or furniture, or mounts to a wall as a floating shelf. Diffusion filters sit on top of the beautifully colored and animating lights. Use an ordinary pair of scissors to cut the diffusion filters into any shape you like - unleashing your creativity. Point-and-click easy Web-based show authoring on your smartphone, tablet, or browser lets you pair light and music to the filters. An on-line community is for sharing shows that play on your Waves. The result is cool, fun, calming, and a completely unique and meaningful gift. 

The provisional patent pending technology that powers Waves is extrodinary. It enables deployment of home automation, entertainment on a Jumbotron level, and Waves tech is the missing ingredient for the Internet of Things (IoT). Waves will only grow more beautiful and more beneficial as it ages, just like the iPod grew up to be the iPhone.

Let Your Creativity Shine, Make Your Own Shows and Filters

Our vision is to unlock the artistic potential of everyone and share a calming and fun desktop light and sound show gadget. The diffusion filters are easily cut using an ordinary pair of scissors. Express anything in your imagination with these filters.

Cut the filters into your personal shapes
Cut the filters into your personal shapes

You like pirates? Make a pirate.

You like fairies? Make a fairy.

You like mermaids? Make a mermaid!

Let your creativity run wild. Then give your design - and a Wave - to your friends, family, children, and co-workers. Waves makes the most unusual and unique gift. Make a mistake? No worries. Replacement filters are inexpensive and available.

Community members - yourself included - may sell filter designs and shows to other members. Ron and Casi Berry designed the Pirate, Mermaid, and Fairy filter sets. You will find many more in the Waves on-line community.

How It Works

Take it out of the box, plug it in, instant light and sound show
Take it out of the box, plug it in, instant light and sound show

Open the box, plug it in, instant light and sound shows. Have a second Wave? They talk to one another without wires to make shows even more interesting.

Hang It, Place It. Waves naturally float as mounted shelves for the walls of your home. They sit perfectly on your desk.

Choose or Make Your Show. Tune in your iPhone, Android, or Web browser to control Waves and find a community of Wave users, shows, and ideas to share.

Easy And Automatic

Select a line-up of shows and Waves does everything else for you. The basic show authoring is point-and-click easy. Use your iPhone, Android, or Web browser choose a show. Give someone a Wave and help them choose shows from your browser.

Everything is point-and-click easy
Everything is point-and-click easy

When you make a show, share it with others in the Waves on-line community. There is even a way to earn a royalty for others playing your shows.

Connected To Your Social Life

The last thing any of us need is more notifications when stuff on our social networks happens. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and FourSquare all demand your attention.  We much prefer the Waves way of notifications: They are calming and gentle.

Waves connections to these social sites mean the light and sound shows change depending on what is happening in your social media life. Have a hard day at the office, Waves greets you with a soothing show.

Useful Everyday

  • Visualize Your Music - Turn your favorite music into an enjoyable show.
  • Light Therapy - Therapeutic shows combine guided hypnosis with light and movement.
  • Socially Connected - Had a hard day on social networking with Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, FourSquare? Waves knows and changes to calming shows. 
  • Impress Your Friends - Tune in your Web browser to make your own shows. Incorporate your kids sounds, your family themes, your business logo and media and punctuate the moments of your life.
  • Fully Automatic - Choose your line-up of shows, some to run on events in your life, and Waves does the rest unattended.
  • Make Your Own Display - Cut the light filters into meaningful shapes for your life. (Additional filters available.)

Waves Talk To Each Other 

We added Waves to a friends recent wedding. One Wave on each of 50 tables at the reception. Waves distributed the reception music to all the tables. Waves lights shimmered to form an animated red rose announcing the Bride and Groom’s arrival. Lights followed as they moved from table to table. And since there is a speaker in each Wave, all the Waves together was the sound system for the reception.

Waves use their built-in radio network to coordinate lights and sounds among many Waves
Waves use their built-in radio network to coordinate lights and sounds among many Waves

The Technology 

Waves is kind of like the original Apple iPod. Waves is an entirely new computing platform. Waves already built an on-line community to develop and share shows, computer networks to transport content to your Waves, Bluetooth speaker, and radio networks to coordinate animation between multiple Waves. Waves will only grow more beautiful and more beneficial as it ages, just like the iPod grew up to be the iPhone.

Inside Waves is a completely open and programmable environment. If you have a student, child, or colleague you want to introduce to the world of technology, Waves is an excellent decision. It is the coolest new Internet of Things tech.

Waves is supported by the Arduino Pinoccio global tech movement. Waves is an Internet Cloud-based connected open platform with a distributed operating system, storage and transformation, and audio and visual display tech. Waves innovated the first use of Processing.org sketch animation objects to drive distributed light and sound shows. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects.

New show content, effects, and functions come from the connected on-line community. Waves on-line community is for creating new shows for your Waves, sharing the shows with other community members, and even earning money by selling your shows to other community members.

Inside each Wave is a high quality speaker with Bluetooth network. It's easy to play your music on Waves.

Waves integrates the Processing.org language to define light shows and animation. Waves is an incredible merging of an artist's language with a distributed environment to run shows.

The Details

  • Each Wave comes with 30 minutes or more of pre-programmed light and sound shows.
  • Each Wave is signed by Frank Cohen and the design team. Each wave comes with a unique serial number and certificate of authenticity. 
  • Waves connect through your Bluetooth device to the Waves Community server. Your device may be an iOS device (Apple iPhone, iPad), Android device (Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Pad, Motorola Droid, or other Android based product), and Apple Macintosh computer with Bluetooth 4, otherwise know as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
  • Waves come in black, white, or red.
  • Wave requires 110/220 VAC to operate. We intend to have a battery option soon.
  • Shipping is included for USA destinations. For all other territories add $29 to your pledge. 
  • Mount Waves To Your Walls Home theaters never looking better with Waves floating from your walls.
  • Waves comes with a lifetime "Founder" membership to the Waves on-line community. There you will find a Software Development Kit to create your own Waves programs, in addition to the Waves authoring and dashboard functions for light and sound shows. 
  • Waves technology is made available under USA provisional patents.

Regular and Useful Kickstarter Updates 

The team has been working on Waves for the past year. You can expect regular updates from us. If there is good news we'll tell you; if we are having tough times we will also let you know. And there will be several times where you will be invited to participate in the community. For example, to help design the look of the enclosure, choose the initial light and sound shows,and help determine which features to build next.

Please Pledge Now

We really hope you back us and look forward to sending you beautiful, calming, and soothing Waves.

Risks and challenges

We have been working for the past 9 months with our partners, designers, and engineers to mitigate as many risks as possible, yet we know there will still be hurdles along the way. We will always be transparent with you about challenges, including these:

Ship date: There is always a chance that things will take longer than planned. Several parts (software, connectivity app, and fulfillment systems) need to be completed on time.

Product changes: As we refine the software and shows based on additional community feedback and more product testing, we may make changes. Of course, these changes will only be made to enhance the product experience.

Supplier coordination: We work with a supply chain management company to source the best materials and ensure the product is manufactured correctly. Each supplier has its own challenges, which may affect its partners, including us.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    BE A FAN and a member of the on-line community. This pledge gets you a lifetime membership in the Waves Web community. Create your own shows, preview them in your browser, and share them with other Waves community members. Eventually there will be a way for you to charge other members for playing your shows.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15 USD

    WAVE DIFFUSION FILTER SET - Limited edition diffusion filter set for Waves. 4 pieces of diffusion filter. Easy for you to cut with scissors to your own shape and size. Let your creativity go! Hand numbered for authenticity and certified original.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20 USD

    WAVES T-SHIRT - Haines style beefy T shirt. Short sleeved. Limited edition for Kickstarter supporters only. Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL. In black only.

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    Pledge $49 or more About $49 USD

    HAND CRAFTED ONE-OF-A-KIND FILTER SET - The Waves Design Team custom designs a diffusion filter set just for you. You send us an image (jpg, png) and a sound file (wav, ogg). Our expert artists custom laser cut 4 pieces of high quality diffusion filter to feature your image. Our expert artists create an entirely original sound and light show with your sound file. Hand signed and certified original. Includes free shipping to the US. Does not include a Wave.

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    Pledge $149 or more About $149 USD

    WAVES DUO SET - comes with 2 Waves plus a set of 5 filters, including 2 Abstract Diffusion Filter sets, and 1 each of Mermaid Filter, Pirate Filter, Fairy Filter sets as seen in the Kickstarter video. Waves are hand signed by the design team and come hand numbered for authenticity and certified original product. Includes lifetime access to the Waves Community to make, share and find new shows. Includes limited edition T-Shirt for Kickstarter supporters only. Comes with 110VAC or 220VAC power adaptor. Waves require a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet and free app to program shows.

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199 USD

    WAVES DUO SET - comes with 2 Waves plus a set of 5 filters, including 2 Abstract Diffusion Filter sets, and 1 each of Mermaid Filter, Pirate Filter, Fairy Filter sets as seen in the Kickstarter video. Waves are hand signed by the design team and come hand numbered for authenticity and certified original product. Includes lifetime access to the Waves Community to make, share and find new shows. Includes limited edition T-Shirt for Kickstarter supporters only. Comes with 110VAC or 220VAC power adaptor. Waves require a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet and free app to program shows.

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199 USD

    WAVE - comes with 1 Wave plus a set of 5 filters, including 2 Abstract Diffusion Filter sets, and 1 each of Mermaid Filter, Pirate Filter, Fairy Filter sets as seen in the Kickstarter video. Waves are hand signed by the design team and come hand numbered for authenticity and certified original product. Includes lifetime access to the Waves Community to make, share and find new shows. Includes limited edition T-Shirt for Kickstarter supporters only. Comes with 110VAC or 220VAC power adaptor. Waves require a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet and free app to program shows.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    WAVES DUO SET - comes with 2 Waves plus a set of 5 filters, including 2 Abstract Diffusion Filter sets, and 1 each of Mermaid Filter, Pirate Filter, Fairy Filter sets as seen in the Kickstarter video. Waves are hand signed by the design team and come hand numbered for authenticity and certified original product. Includes lifetime access to the Waves Community to make, share and find new shows. Includes limited edition T-Shirt for Kickstarter supporters only. Comes with 110VAC or 220VAC power adaptor. Waves require a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet and free app to program shows.

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    Pledge $4,000 or more About $4,000 USD

    WAVES EVENT SET - comes with 25 Waves plus a set of 25 filters, including 2 Abstract Diffusion Filter sets, and 1 each of Mermaid Filter, Pirate Filter, Fairy Filter sets as seen in the Kickstarter video. Waves are hand signed by the design team and come hand numbered for authenticity and certified original product. Includes lifetime access to the Waves Community to make, share and find new shows. Includes limited edition T-Shirt for Kickstarter supporters only. Comes with 110VAC or 220VAC power adaptor. Waves require a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet and free app to program shows.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    2-DAY WAVES WORKSHOP EVENT - 2-Day Waves Workshop Event in the Silicon Valley and Napa Valley, California Bay Area to build your own Waves. You will design, build, and create shows. Frank Cohen and the design team will give you personal instruction, step-by-step. Your participation will impact future Waves designs, features, and functions. Workshop includes all materials to build 4 Waves, tutoring, and hands-on instruction. You need to pay for travel expenses to get to the event. Workshop pledge includes hotel and meals. Event includes great meals in San Francisco and a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting.)

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    Pledge $7,000 or more About $7,000 USD

    WAVES LARGE EVENT SET - comes with 50 Waves plus a set of 50 filters, including 2 Abstract Diffusion Filter sets, and 1 each of Mermaid Filter, Pirate Filter, Fairy Filter sets as seen in the Kickstarter video. Waves are hand signed by the design team and come hand numbered for authenticity and certified original product. Includes lifetime access to the Waves Community to make, share and find new shows. Includes limited edition T-Shirt for Kickstarter supporters only. Comes with 110VAC or 220VAC power adaptor. Waves require a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet and free app to program shows.

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